(WHEELING, W.Va.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team turned in the program's best finish at the NCAA Championships when the Tartans finished fourth on Friday with a score of 1,179 over four rounds. The Cardinal and Gray carded their best round of the championships in the fourth round with a seven-over par 291. The 2021 NCAA Division III Championships were played at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia with the final round on the par-71, 6,857-yard Speidel Jones Course. In 2019 the Tartans placed 11th, 2009 finished 22nd and in 2017 placed 31st.
Illinois Wesleyan University won the national championship with a score of 1,155 (+23). Methodist University was the runner-up followed by Guilford College. Will Hocker of Webster University was crowned the individual medalist after carding a two-over par 285.
Senior Jason Folker (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) carded a round of even par 71 on Friday which gave him a 72-hole total of seven-over par 290 (76-71-72-71) and placed him seventh individually in a field of 191 golfers. Folker's finish of seventh at the national event marks the highest individual finish in program history and also is a school record for the best four-round score.
Senior Jason Li (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) shot a one-over par 72 in the final round and ended with a 291(74-72-73-72) and tied him for eighth individually. At the 2019 championships, Li placed 11th individually.
Junior William Knauth (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) fired his best round of the tournament, as he entered the clubhouse with a one-under par 70 to lead the Tartans Friday. The junior ended with a 298 (77-73-78-70) and tied for 26th. Junior Henry Scavone (Birmingham, Mich./Birmingham Seaholm) ended with a 72-hole score of 307 (79-74-75-79) while senior Ben Huber (Hampton, Pa./Hampton) carded a 319 (78-81-82-78).
Li's 291 is the second best four-round score in program history while Knauth's 298 is the fourth best.